To my view, Michael Shea was a greatly under-appreciated author. Sadly, he died recently, before the rest of you lot woke up to his talents. He wrote across a number of genres. The works I really enjoyed were fantasy/horror works that are thematically and stylistically similar to the work of Jack Vance and early Tanith Lee. Thanks to Michael for Nifft and the vividly imagined and described worlds he adventured in.
I just wanted to take a moment to tip the virtual cap to Richard Wright, one of the founding members of Pink Floyd, who died yesterday after a battle with cancer. There’s a decent piece on him in the LA Times and a nice conversation thread over on metafilter. I’ve been a big Pink Floyd fan for most of my life, and I still love cranking up Obscured by Clouds, Dark Side of the Moon, and a ton of live stuff I’ve collected from them over the years. Thanks for the great music Richard.